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The Four Tops! The name rings clear and true, forever synonymous with the golden era of Motown and, in particular, with a half-dozen of the most transcendent tracks ever made. One of them, 'Reach Out I'll Be There,' towered above its time, exemplifying the innovation, musicianship and soul that was at the core of Berry Gordy's company at 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit.

"Levi was the greatest interpreter of songs I've ever heard," said Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr., paying tribute upon Stubbs' passing on October 17, 2008. "He was the lead singer of the greatest and most loving group, the Four Tops. I remember when we heard their first Motown release, 'Baby I Need Your Loving.' Levi's voice exploded in the room and went straight for our hearts. We all knew it was a hit, hands down."

The auditorium vibrates, the night explodes. Four men bound to the centre of the stage, powered by the locomotive force of a song. Instantly, the same combustion propels 2,000 people to their feet, singing, shouting, exulting: You're sweet/As a honey bee/But as a honey bee stings/You've gone and left my heart in pain. For a moment, the four Americans on stage seem shocked by the reaction. This crowd knows every syllable, every line, every inflection. This is evangelical. This is England?

From some corner of the Saville Theatre, the night's impresario must have smiled. Just three years earlier, he saw other British theatres shaken to their foundations by a group of musicians. His name was Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager, who also owned the Saville.

But this extraordinary evening in London - Sunday, 13th November, 1966 - belonged to a fab four from Detroit, not Liverpool: Levi Stubbs Jr., Lawrence Payton, Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson.

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50th Anniversary - The Singles Collection - 1964-1972
Four Tops - 50th Anniversary - The Singles Collection - 1964-1972
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Fourever
Four Tops - Fourever
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Four Tops
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Soul Legends
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Lost Without You: Motown Lost & Found
Four Tops - Lost Without You: Motown Lost & Found
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Lost And Found: Four Tops
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The Ultimate Collection
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Keepers Of The Castle: Their Best 1972 - 1978
Four Tops - Keepers Of The Castle: Their Best 1972 - 1978
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Gold
Four Tops - Gold
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Merry Christmas
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